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It is very difficult to prove today that a painting done two [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2007, 03:53
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It is very difficult to prove today that a painting done two or three hundred years ago, especially one without a signature or with a questionably authentic signature, is indubitably the work of this or that particular artist. This fact gives the traditional attribution of a disputed painting special weight, since that attribution carries the presumption of historical continuity. Consequently, an art historian arguing for a deattribution will generally convince other art historians only if he or she can persuasively argue for a specific reattribution.

Which one of the following, if true, most strongly supports the position that the traditional attribution of a disputed painting should not have special weight?
(A) Art dealers have always been led by economic self-interest to attribute any unsigned paintings of merit to recognized masters rather than to obscure artists.
(B) When a painting is originally created, there are invariably at least some eyewitnesses who see the artist at work, and thus questions of correct attribution cannot arise at that time.
(C) There are not always clearly discernible differences between the occasional inferior work produced by a master and the very best work produced by a lesser talent.
(D) Attribution can shape perception inasmuch as certain features that would count as marks of greatness in a master’s work would be counted as signs of inferior artistry if a work were attributed to a minor artist.
(E) Even though some masters had specialists assist them with certain detail work, such as depicting lace, the resulting works are properly attributed to the masters alone.

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2007, 06:05
Is the answer A?
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2007, 06:49
For me answer is C

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A) Art dealers have always been led by economic self-interest to attribute any unsigned paintings of merit to recognized masters rather than to obscure artists. ( since art dealer is led by economic self-interest hence he will always recognized the painting as a masters piece, which means giving special weight to the painting, even though its made by some inferior artist so avoid A)(B) When a painting is originally created, there are invariably at least some eyewitnesses who see the artist at work, and thus questions of correct attribution cannot arise at that time. (we are talking about 200-300 years so getting eyewitness is not possible, avoid B)
(C) There are not always clearly discernible differences between the occasional inferior work produced by a master and the very best work produced by a lesser talent. ( It says that there is a visible diff btw the inferior work of master and superior work of lesser talent, which can be identified by art historian, as it can be re attributed)
(D) Attribution can shape perception inasmuch as certain features that would count as marks of greatness in a master’s work would be counted as signs of inferior artistry if a work were attributed to a minor artist. ( avoid D as it say, it difficult to discriminate the work of two extreme talents)(E) Even though some masters had specialists assist them with certain detail work, such as depicting lace, the resulting works are properly attributed to the masters alone. (It leads to giving special weight so avoid)

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2007, 07:58
It's C

We need to find the answer which tells us that the real/fake signature of the painting is not important to the attribution. C fits the answer.
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[#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2007, 08:21
Clear (A)
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2007, 09:54
Hi Gmathopeful

Why A?

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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2007, 10:24
The answer is A indeed...but can anyone tell me why??
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2007, 10:25
i do not know with this one. But A is out since it is outside of the scope of the argument.
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Re: A [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2007, 12:08
GMAThopeful wrote:
Clear (A)


Can you please explain why it is A? OA is A indeed.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2007, 10:46
Why not D?
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2007, 10:57
LSAT one???
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2007, 11:46
yes...I think it is an LSAT problem..
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2007, 13:26
Why A?

Art dealers-are we supposed to consider them here?

LSAT has funny reasoning? Agree.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2007, 05:50
Somebody justifies an answer by saying:

"We need to find the answer which tells us that the real/fake signature of the painting is not important to the attribution."

But that isn't the question. The question is:

"Which one of the following, if true, most strongly supports the position that the traditional attribution of a disputed painting should not have special weight?" (which isn't really the subject of the preceding piece, but it is still the question).

So we need to find a weakness in a traditional attribution. Self-interest of dealers is a potential weakness in a traditional attribution. Quality of work (what is referred to in C) is irrelevant to the attribution - in fact C suggests that the existing attribution influences how the quality of the work is perceived. Answer is clearly A.
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